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his 59th new jersey sent an unmistakable message to the entire nation. we are better than this. >> election day 2017 ends with euphoria for democrats as they take governorships and statewide offices across the country. but what does it mean for the gop in next year's midterms? the president arrives in beijing for the third leg of his asian tour as he tackles north korea head on, warning pyongyang do not underestimate us. plus, new revelations on the warning signs missed in the texas church gunman's past, including his escape from a mental health facility before the massacre. a new report about harvey weinstein and how he used an army of spies to silence some of his accusers. a startling new report out
about the link between alcohol and cancer, and how americans are raising their risk. "early today" starts right now. good morning. i'm phillip mena, and i'm goran ivanisevic in for frances rivera. parts of the nation are waking up to a changed political landscape after a monumental election day left democrats positively euphoric with wins boosting their morale heading into the 2018 midterms. in new jersey, democrat phil murphy handily defeated kim guadagno. in a long expected victory given christie's dismal approval ratings with exit polls showing 9% 79% of the public disapproving. >> democrats were intent on making last night's results a referendum on his administration. here is governor-elect phil murphy just after the election results came in. >> this is one of the first major elections since donald trump was elected. tonight new jersey sent an
unmistakable message to the entire nation. we are better than this. >> but it was voters in virginia that dealt a huge blow to the republican party and president trump. and democrats are hoping that it spells doom for the republican party heading into 2018. for more on this we go to nbc's edward lawrence in washington. good morning, edward. >> good morning, gigi and fli . fellowship. ralph northam used campaign ads to tie his opponent to the president. there was a largest than expected voter turnout which led to an easier win than they expected. northam the candidate summed it up in his victory speech. he said that the doctor is in to heal virginia. >> you know, it was said that the eyes of the nation are now on the commonwealth. today virginians have answer and have spoken. virginia has told us to end the
divisiveness that we will not condone hatred and bigotry. and to end the politics that have torn this country apart. >> in the weeks before the election, president donald trump had tweeted his support for the republican candidate ed gillespie. this morning the president backtracked. in a tweet from asia, the president saying he did not embrace me or what i stand for. then the president pointed to some positive numbers, saying the election -- or saying the economy is doing record numbers. now we shouldn't read too much into this. that's because some exit polling in new jersey and virginia show that voters believe the president was not a factor in the election by large percentage you see there. 49% of virginia. 57% in new jersey. now the real test will be the 2018 election for senator and the house races. gigi, philip? >> thank you.
president trump's fast-paced tour of asia continues in china this morning. but not before he issued some more harsh words against north korea from seoul. speaking to south korea's national assembly last night, the president said it is the responsibility of both nations to confront the danger posed from the north before it grows larger. calling on other countries in the region the help. he also called north korea a country ruled as a cult and issued this warning to leader kim jong un. >> i hope i speak not only for hour countries, but for all civilized nations when i say to the north do not underestimate us. and do not try us. every step you take down this dark path increases the peril you face. >> the speech comes just hours after the president attempted to make an unannounced visit to the demilitarized zone between north and south korea. but the trip had to be canceled
due to heavy fog. he and the first lady are in china, the third of five countries that i they will visit. chris jansing joins us now from beijing. chris, obviously the relationship with china is more crucial than ever. what is the president looking to accomplish in china right now? >> two big things, north korea and trade. this obviously is the most important stop on the president's tour of asia, and it's already gotten off with a lot of pomp and circumstance. the chinese are calling this a state visit plus, what they consider to be essentially reciprocal for when president xi came and was hosted in the united states at the mar-a-lago estate in florida by president trump. they're now in the forbidden city. that sprawling beautiful complex of the ming dynasty. they are having formal tea. both of the first couples. having said that, they will very soon be getting down to business. president trump and president xi. on the topic of north korea, president trump yesterday saying that it was time for china to
really put more financial pressure. and they believe that that is the only way that there is going to be a peaceful resolution to the nuclear standoff with north korea, and a hodge divide on trade. and the president has been pushing that strongly throughout his time in asia. in fact, he is traveling here with about 40 u.s. businessmen. but in the meantime, president xi is hoping to impress president trump. he comes into this meeting with a lot of standing, having come out of his party's recent congress with five more years in office and putting himself essentially on the same footing as the founder, mao tse-tung. right now there is a lot of pomp, ceremony, something the president likes. but the question is will there be deliverables coming out of it. and what will the president have to say? people watching that very carefully. twitter of course is banned here in china. but gigi and phillip, when an official of the white house was asked whether the president will be going on twitter while he is
here, he said the president will tweet whenever he wants. >> as he always does. thank you. investigators are revealing new information on the violent background of the suspected texas church shooter devin patrick kelley. in 2012, just months after beating his first wife and step-son at new mexico's holloman air force base, kelley escaped a mental health facility according to police records. an employee who followed kelley to a bus station in el paso told police he was a danger to himself and others as he had already been caught sneaking firearms on to holloman air force base, and he was attempting to carry out death threats against his superior officers. t they discovered kelley was ordering weapons and tactical gear to a p.o. box in san antonio. >> if you're following his court-martial, kelley once again ran into legal trouble. police investigated after he was accused of rape, though no charges were ever filed. new details emerge about the victims of this terrible
massacre. nbc's gabe gutierrez reports. >> reporter: 5-year-old ryland ward shot five times is in critical condition fighting for his life. >> to go hand shoot children. >> reporter: sandra is his grandmother. what do you want the world to know about those kids? >> brooke was the sweetest thing. i keep thinking about -- she would tell me. she wanted to be a ballerina. she wanted to take ballet. emily, she was the sweetest little helper. she was always smiling, always happy. >> reporter: 20 were wounded in sunday's massacre, including survivor roseanne solis shot in the back. she said she could smell the gunpowder as the gunman yelled "everyone die". >> i could see him. i was hiding under the benches. and i could see him, his feet walking back and forth and through the aisles. i didn't want to get shot. >> reporter: we learn more about the 26 who were killed. 16-year-old haley krueger loved
baby, her mother says, and wanted to be a nurse. air force veteran scott marshall and his wife karen had just moved here from the pittsburgh area. >> my only son too. go there to pray and get killed. >> reporter: robert and shany were from michigan. their hometown now remembering the high school sweethearts. david brown's mother is recovering at a hospital after being shot multiple times. >> the lady she was next to, he started shooting her repeatedly. and so she held the lady's hand. she was crying, just looking at my mom the whole time. and she just told her you're going to be okay. you're going to go to heaven. >> reporter: a community bound by faith, remembering those lost. >> that was gabe gutierrez reporting. major league baseball and fans all across this country are mourning the sudden loss of one of its modern greats. former pitcher roy halladay was
killed when his small plane went down in the gulf of mexico. he was just 40 years old. authorities are investigating what caused the crash. halliday was an eight-time all-star and two-time cy young award winner a perfect game and a postseason no-hitter under his belt. he played for the toronto blue jays and philadelphia phillies before retiring in 2013. both teams expressed their condolences. with the official twit other telephone phillies simply saying gone far too soon. rest in peace, doc. he really was one of my favorite pitchers to watch this generation. >> he seemed like a such a nice guy too. really hard story. let's get a check of the wednesday forecast with bill karins. good morning. >> good morning. happily getting rid of that. some people saw their first sleet and snow last night in areas of new jersey, southern new york and southern new england. we're just about done with this. boston, you're now cleared out. just cape cod. the rain quickly ending here. during the day today, it will be chilly, but it will be dry in the northeast. we're watching new rain
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of election day. not just talking about the governors' races in new jersey and virginia. voters in spain expanded medicaid in statewide referendum seen as bellwether support for obamacare, becoming the 33rd state to expand the system. danica roem became the first transgendered person to be elected to a state's legislature after defeating a 13-term member of the house delegates who was a lead sponsor of the controversial bathroom bill. and an openly transgender person of color was elected to public office for the first time in the nation's history, winning a seat on the minneapolis city council. other noteworthy wins for democrats, new jersey elected its first sikh mayor and new york city mayor bill de blasio won his reelection bid. and washington state turned completely blue with democrats taking full control of the state's government. republicans did get a win with john curtis becoming the victor in the utah special election to replace outgoing gop congressman
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. shock and heartbreak. foi philadelphia' ikcon roy halladay's plane plunges into the ocean. a trooper shot as a traffic stop turns into a gun battle. the video of the suspect and how it unfolded. and new governor. voter elect phil murphy to lead new jersey. the message he says his victory sends to the white house. good morning, this is "nbc10 news today" first look at 4. i'm tracy davidson. >> i'm via sikahema. we'll get right to meteorologist krystal klei with the first alert neighborhood forecast. cool today. >> yes. it is chilly out there now.
for the first time i dusted off the puffy coat because i knew what was coming. 40 in allentown and 41 in philadelphia. trenton, upper 30s. mt. holly at 40. we've seen numbers like this before. the problem is it's also a bit breezy out there now. most of us have feels-like temperatures in the 30s. some of us feeling near freezing this morning. look at radar and satellite. we've got currently not a lot compared to what we saw yesterday. the rain and for some in the poconos the snow has moved out. a few showers lingering against the shoreline. elsewhere, just clouds out this morning. today, a fairly dry day. we are going to stay with florithat cool pattern through the day. 6:00 a.m., low 40s. same deal at 9:00 a.m., 42. the winds also play a factor in the forecast. more in a few minutes.
now to first alert traffic reporter, jessica boyington. the schuylkill expressway, cameras around 30th. ongoing construction project still in place today. eastbound closed to south street. we're losing lanes which is a little different, on the westbound side. the westbound side is totally open. we just had that left lane locked here as traffic moves by which not a lot of cars are. you see they're to the right-hand shoulder here. westbound just lane restrictions, eastbound closed in between the vine street expressway and south street. watch for a crash on lower gwynned at grasshopper lane. activity there. 422, drive times, so far so good, eastbound from 29 to the schuylkill expressway. an eight-minute trip and speeds into the 60s. heartbreak as one of philadelphia's most celebrated sports legends dies in a plane crash. roy halladay pit